- When you brush your teeth – sticky note reminder on your mirror
- When you wake up
- When you take a shower
- When you get into your car
- When you go to bed
I am scheduled for another PTSD group visit again tonight with nurse Roz to educate, promote and recruit for the group EMDR research project. 6:30 at Douglas County Community Center.
We have 18 interested that can all do Monday nights. Start date still on the horizon.
Wonderful results at my live demonstration of EMDR last night! Maybe it is old news by now and you have already heard that I am offering free EMDR therapy in a group setting to reduce PTSD symptoms as part of research project. You can read more on my website under “FREE THERAPY” You can still sign up to participate by calling Rosalyn Avant. She is the nurse working on her capstone project for her administration degree and will be analyzing and writing up the results. I am the lead therapist doing the group EMDR.
The evening started with introductions and many attendees shared PTSD symptoms and ways they deal with the symptoms. Some attendees had some experience with EMDR. During the therapy with the volunteer, I explained the process and the disturbance level he experienced dropped from a 7 to 3 on the typical pain scale used in the doctor’s office. Observers reported that they noticed a change in his facial features and he reported feeling better about the target memory we worked on. The demonstration of EMDR was attended by 25 people, many from the PTSD group that meets twice monthly at the Douglas County Community Center and a number of mental health and health care providers who were interested in helping others and learning more about EMDR.
The research project will look at the effectiveness of EMDR when applied in a group setting. We have only found one other study of this approach with adults working on their own separate issues. We have volunteer nurses and therapists who will be on hand at each of the therapy sessions to assist should a participant become emotionally overwhelmed or even need medical assistance. If you are interested in helping or just to learn more – please call Rosalyn soon – we hope to start within the month and will go six weeks.
Nurse Rosalyn Avant phone – text or call: 775-684-9980
EMDR = Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
Dan Wold, drummer in our band, school superintendent and national speaker on dealing with stress wrote this article a few months back. It reminds us to aim for the optimal zone – sometimes re-labeling the butterfly feeling in the gut as ‘excitement’ with your mind gives that follow-up feeling of “Yes!! I’ve got this!”
Yes, Dr. Dixon is in a band and we also do conference presentations about how to deal with stress with music interspersed. You can find out more on the ‘band therapy’ page of the website drdixonpsych.com
“Stressing over stress is worse than stress itself.” Kelly McGonigal
Let’s stop thinking of stress as the bad guy. Stress is our reaction to a perceived averse situation. Events are neutral, it is our perception of them and our reaction to them that can be positive or negative for us.
Let’s also remember that some stress seems to be necessary for most people to enter their “Performance Zone.” And, under-stressed has the same symptoms as overstressed (Yerkes and Dodson, 1908).
We are hard-wired for Acute Stress, which has helped us survive in this world for approximately 200,000 generations. Acute stress is that instant physiological response, that rush we get in an emergency, that maximization of our ability to deal with a situation. It’s a good thing!
Eustress, a fancy word for excitement, is the kind of positive stress we get when we see an averse situation over which we believe we have control. It gets us jazzed; another good thing!
“Adopting the right attitude can turn a negative stress into a positive one.” Hans Selye